Tide/Tigers game notes

After playing both its games last week on the road, the University of Alabama men's basketball team, 13-7 overall, 3-6 in the Southeastern Conference, will play its next two games at home in Coleman Coliseum. <br><br>The two-game home stand begins with cross state rival Auburn on Saturday night, February 15th. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. CT. Auburn is 17-5 overall and 6-3 in league play.

Alabama follows that game with a Tuesday night ESPN game against Georgia. The Tide and the Bulldogs tip at 8 p.m. CT on February 18. After Tuesday night, Alabama hits the road again for a pair of games against first Tennessee in Knoxville on February 22 then in Starkville at Mississippi State on February 26.

UPCOMING GAME: Auburn
Saturday, February 15, 2003
Coleman Coliseum (15,316)

TIP-OFF TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT

TICKETS: Sold Out

TV: Pay per view with Andy Burcham and Bryan Passink

RADIO: Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Tom Roberts (color)
105.5 FM in Tuscaloosa & 99.5 in Birmingham (complete list on www.rolltide.com)
WVUA (University of Alabama campus station), 90.7 FM

INTERNET: Live audio of CTSN's radio broadcast is available on the internet on www.rolltide.com;
UA basketball is also featured on on www.markgottfried.com

Probable Starting Lineups

ALABAMA (13-7 OVERALL, 3-6 SEC):

F- 35 Erwin Dudley, 6-8, 260, SR, Uniontown, 14.5 ppg/10.0 rpg
F- 02 Emmett Thomas, 6-4, 205, JR/TR, Birmingham, 6.8 ppg/2.3 rpg
C- 42 Kenny Walker, 6-9, 220, SR, Jacksonville, Florida, 10.9 ppg/5.9 rpg
G- 14 Terrance Meade, 6-2, 190, SR, Scottsboro, 4.1 ppg/2.7 rpg
G- 25 Mo Williams, 6-1, 195, SO, Jackson, Mississippi, 15.1 ppg/4.0 rpg/4.1 apg

AUBURN (17-5 OVERALL, 6-3 SEC)

F- 03 Marquis Daniels, 6-6, 200, SR, Orlando, Florida, 18.4 ppg/6.5 rpg/3.5 apg
F- 04 Marco Killingsworth, 6-7, 234, SO, Montgomery, 14.2 ppg/6.8 rpg
F- 13 Brandon Robinson, 6-8, 215, SO, Huntsville, 11.0 ppg/5.2 rpg
G- 11 Derrick Bird, 6-4, 195, SR, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 10.1 ppg/3.4 rpg
G- 22 Lewis Monroe, 6-5, 190, SO, Madison, Wisconsin, 5.9 ppg/2.6 rpg/3.5 apg

Head Coaches

Alabama Head Coach MARK GOTTFRIED: 164-81 (.669) in 7 complete seasons overall, 95-56 (.629%) in 5th season (4 completed) at Alabama; 2002 SEC Coaches & AP SEC "Coach of the Year"; three total NCAA tournament appearances, one at Alabama (2002, 2nd round), 2 (1997 & 1998) at Murray State; 3 NIT appearances (1996 at MSU, 1999 & 2001 at UA); One SEC Championship (2002) at Alabama; three conference championships at Murray State; Four 20-win seasons (out of 7) as a head coach; Assistant for UCLA's 1995 NCAA Champions team; three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances as a UA player 1985-86-87; Academic All-SEC as a player at Alabama...Coached Bama to its 1st No. 1 ranking...Born January 20, 1964 in Crestline, Ohio.

Auburn Head Coach CLIFF ELLIS: 515-316 (.620%) in 28th season overall, 167-104 (.616%) in 9th year at Auburn; ; 1999 AP National Coach of the Year; 1995 & 1999 SEC Coach of the Year; 1987 & 1990 ACC Coach of the Year; 4 NIT & 2 NCAA trips at Auburn & 7 overall as a head coach; 11 NIT trips overall.

Key Game Notes

  • Both teams had no mid-week games this week
  • 2nd meeting of the two teams this season as Auburn won 77-68 in Auburn on January 18
  • Alabama leads the series 76-50
  • Bama leads 36-7 in Tuscaloosa
  • SEC Player of the Year & All-America candidate Erwin Dudley averages the double double, 14.5 ppg & 10.0 rpg

Pay-Per-View Available For Those Without Tickets

Saturday night's Alabama's Auburn game is, as has been the norm for years now, a sell out. But fans in Alabama who don't have a ticket to the game can still watch the action on pay-per-view television. Fans should contact their local cable service to pick up the game. It will be 460 on the DISHNETWORK, and those with C Band satellite dishes should call 1-800-TVStARS.

Andy Burcham will be the broadcast's play-by-play man and former Crimson Tide player Bryan Passink will be the analyst.

Fans Entering Coliseum Subject to Search

Because of the heightened national security alert, extra security measures will be in place at Coleman Coliseum this weekend. All bags, including purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc., will be searched upon entry to the coliseum. Fans are encouraged to arrive a tad earlier than they might normally arrive as the security checks will slow the lines into the coliseum.

Dudley Should Tie All-Time Starts Lead Saturday

Should he start, as expected on Saturday night against Auburn, senior power forward Erwin Dudley will tie with Eddie Phillips for first in all-time career starts at the University of Alabama with 121.

Dudley currently has 120 career starts at Alabama which places him 2nd all-time at Alabama. Dudley has started in every game Alabama has played in since he arrived four years ago. At R.C. Hatch High School, the Uniontown native's alma mater, he also started in every career game. That means he has now started in 200 consecutive games between high school and college.

UA All-Time Career Starts Records

1. Eddie Phillips (1979-82) 121
2. Erwin Dudley (2000-03) 119
3. Reggie King (1976-79) and Ken Johnson (1978-81), 119
5. Gary Waites (1988-91) 116
6. Melvin Cheatum (1988-91) 114
7. T.R. Dunn (1974-77) 111
8. Mike Davis (1980-83) 110
9. Buck Johnson (1983-86) and Leon Douglas (1973-76), 109

Game Pits Two Favorite Rivals

Alabama and Auburn make up one of college athletics greatest rivalries, and proof is in the ticket sales. While Major League Baseball has its "Subway Series" with the Yankees and the Mets, Alabama and Auburn basketball have the "Sellout Series." Saturday night marks the tenth consecutive sellout for the Alabama-Auburn men's basketball game.

These two teams play one another twice during each regular season, one home game, one away. The tickets to all these games have been sold out in Tuscaloosa and Auburn in every campus game since 1999.

Saturday night's game marks the 20th Auburn game sellout in Coleman Coliseum since 1975. Tickets to this weekend's game in Tuscaloosa have been sold out since December.

Series is 79 Years Old

It is easily the favorite and the most heated series on the schedules of both Auburn and Alabama whenever these two in-state schools go head to head. This Alabama vs. Auburn men's basketball series dates to 1924 when the very first of the 126 games that have been played took place in Atlanta at the Southern Conference Championships. Hank Crisp Coached the Tide to a 40-19 win against Wilbur Hutsell's Tigers.

The first game on either team's campus was played at Auburn in 1949. Alabama left the "Loveliest Village" with a 45-38 win. That same year, Alabama hosted Auburn for the first time and got another win, this time by a 39-37 margin.

Since those early days in the series, Alabama has a 26-game lead in the series, having won the game 76 times to 50 wins by Auburn.

He Who Hosts Wins?

This has been a series, of late, where he who hosts wins. Auburn has lost the game in five of its last six trips to Tuscaloosa. Alabama hasn't won in Auburn in the last seven tries (counting this season). Auburn's last win in Tuscaloosa was in 1999. Prior to that Alabama won 14 straight against Auburn in Tuscaloosa beginning with a 74-72 double overtime victory in 1985.

The largest (overall) string of wins in the series for either team includes Alabama's 11 straight wins against Auburn from 1976-1981. Auburn's longest win streak against Alabama is eight games, from 1958-61.

A Tale of Two Thomas's...

The Alabama-Auburn game takes on extra intensity in the Emmett Thomas---senior that is---household. Not only did both of the junior JUCO transfer's parents graduate from Auburn BUT his father, Emmett, Sr., played basketball at Auburn, officially lettering in 1975.

When Alabama played at Auburn on January 18, it was the son of the former Tiger who led the Tide in scoring. Thomas scored his (so far) UA career high, 20 points, against Auburn. He was 8 of 11 from the field (.727%), including making 3 of 5 (.600%) from 3-point range. He also attempted on free throw that afternoon-and made it.

Dudley Ranks 10th All-Time in Scoring

Erwin Dudley has 1,635 career points, which ranks 10th all-time at the University of Alabama. His next shot is Bobby Lee Hurt (1982-85) who scored 1,697 points and is in 9th place. Dudley needs 62 points to tie Hurt.

Bama Drops Out of Rankings

Alabama was ranked 11 weeks in the 2000-01 Associated Press Top 25, 12 weeks in 2001-02 and the entire season (11 weeks) in 2002-03. The February 10 polls mark the first time Alabama has not been ranked this season.

Williams Has Scored Double Digits in 16 of 20 Games

Mo Williams charged into his sophomore season by scoring in double digits in 16 of Alabama's 20 games. (He scored 8 against Arkansas & Kentucky, 7 at Arkansas and 9 at Ole Miss). He's leading Alabama with 15.1 points a game. The Jackson, Miss., native has scored 20 or more points in five games with 25 to open his sophomore year against now No. 9 Oklahoma, 20 against Alabama State, 21 against Morehead State, 23 at Vanderbilt and 27 vs. LSU.

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